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Duluth Schools closed through the end of the school year. Learning continues.

We appreciate the help and support of our staff, students and families as we address this continually evolving situation.  We’ll continue to communicate as often as possible through a variety of venues, including this web page.  

May 29, 2020: 
Update: ISD 709 Summer Programs
As we transition to summer programs and building use, ISD 709 is committed to making decisions based on good policy and data in partnership with state agencies.
Information from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) indicates an increase in cases of COVID-19 with a peak projected in late summer. The safety of our students, staff, and community are of the utmost importance.
Educational Programs/Athletics/Enrichment
Begin with the following programs and revisit for possible changes after July 5.
June 15: Summer School 9-12 begins
June 15: Some MSHSL Activities will slowly scale up based on MDH and MSHSL guidance and local ability to clean facilities and maintain safety.
Duluth Community Education - online courses only
Drivers Education will offer behind the wheel following safety guidelines
After considering the challenges regarding COVID-19 response and the multitude of variables related to safety and financial efficiency, EXCEL will not be offered this summer.
Each program will send out information with specific details and steps taken that ensure the safety of staff and students.
Emergency Childcare
Free emergency childcare service ends after June 5.
Free Breakfast & Lunch Available to Duluth Students Through the Summer
Bagged meals available weekdays to Duluth students 18 years of age and younger. No paperwork necessary.
June 8 - June 30, 2020 - Distribution at the following schools & bus hubs:
School Locations  11:00AM – 12:30PM
Homecroft Elementary, 4784 Howard Gnesen Road 
Laura MacArthur Elementary, 720 N. Central Avenue 
Lester Park Elementary, 5300 Glenwood Street 
Lowell Elementary, 2000 Rice Lake Road
Myers-Wilkins Elementary, 1027 N. 8th Avenue East
Piedmont Elementary, 2827 Chambersburg Avenue
Stowe Elementary, 715-101st Avenue W. – Side Entrance
Ordean East Middle School, 2900 E. 4th Street

Bus Hubs  (Look for the School Bus)
9:50AM 88th Ave West @Hilton Street
10:14PM 9428 Grand Ave/East Entrance Lower Side 
10:55PM 3614 Grand Avenue Wheeler Field
12:13PM  500 West  Superior Street  Downtown Library
1:28PM Lismore and Mcquade Road 

July 1 - August 21, 2020 - The distribution schedule will change again to meet USDA Summer Meals program requirements.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider 

May 22, 2020: 

Update: Duluth Public Schools Virtual High School Graduation Ceremonies

Class of 2020 Denfeld High School Virtual Commencement
Tuesday June 9, 2020 6:00PM
WDSE/WRPT Explore Channel (8.2, 31.2)
Streaming online:
Class of 2020 Duluth East High School Virtual Commencement
Tuesday June 9, 2020 7:30PM
WDSE/WRPT Explore Channel (8.2, 31.2)
Streaming online:
Class of 2020 Adult Learning Center, Area Learning Center, Bridge Program, Transition 12 Program Virtual Commencement
Tuesday June 2, 2020 3:00PM
#Inspire709 #DuluthPublicSchoolsStrong

Concern or question?

Student and staff safety is our top priority. If you have a question, concern or comment about any health or safety issue, please let us know.


Resources: MN Department of Health

COVID-19 Hotline: Questions about COVID-19? Call the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920 Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Resources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Resources: St. Louis County Health Department